IN THE SADDLE

Chipping Pony Club welcomes on board a new chief instructor, prepares horses and ponies for the winter months and visits the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

Victoria Hargreaves was victorious in Canada as Team GB secured third place! Victoria claimed the individual fourth place, so Chipping can claim to have the fourth placed worldwide Horse and Pony Care member and team trainer! So a huge well done Victoria and Team GB, it looked like the most amazing trip.

It’s all go for Chipping branch as the club welcomes a new chief instructor, Sarah Etteridge, who has now joined Chipping, which is really looking to the future. Sarah, a very experienced horsewoman, has been an asset to the Chipping super squad of instructors but will now be responsible for the training programmes and assessments of all the members. When not busy organising Chipping, Sarah will be busy preparing her own event horse and she still has several rides for owners wishing to compete their horses – the club is privileged to have Sarah on the team.

As the frost returns, the work for members begins, preparing the horses for the winter ahead, clipping and trimming. The most usual reason for clipping is to enable the horse to work comfortably and without undue sweating during the winter months when their coats grow naturally thicker and thus preparing them for the coldest season and the busy Winter League programme.

Recently Chipping held the first heat of the Winter League Show Jumping, kindly hosted by West Lancs County Pony Club held at Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre. The fantastic Chipping team of Miles, Peter and Erin rode so well. Well done to all three finishing on a team score of eight after a few navigation issues! Erin went on to jump a brilliant triple clear and take second overall.

Chipping was lucky to squeeze in an unmounted rally visiting the the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) which is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Anybody interested in rehoming a horse should contact enquiries@thetrc.co.uk.

Any young person with a keen interest in horses and pony care can be involved in the Pony Club. Go to www.pcuk.org for more details or contact Chipping Branch.

Chipping Branch of the Pony Club
07885 677901
www.pcuk.org

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